Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

World Youth Alliance - Africa

WYA-A 1999 Nairobi Kenya E

World Youth Alliance - Asia Pacific

WYA-AP Quezon City Philippines E

World Youth Alliance - Europe

1999 Brussels Belgium E

World Youth Alliance - Middle East

WYA Middle East Beirut Lebanon K

World Youth Alliance - North America


World Youth Alliance Latin America

WYA-LA Mexico City Mexico E

World Youth Assembly

S c Conference Series

World Youth Choir

WYC 1989 Amsterdam Netherlands F

World Youth Council Against Terrorism

WYCAT 2003 Hyderabad India C

World Youth Empowerment Foundation

WYEF Adelaide Australia N f Foundations

World Youth Foundation

WYF 1994 Melaka Malaysia G f Foundations

World Youth Movement for Democracy

WYMD 2004 Sao Paulo Brazil F

World Youth Parliament for Water

WYPW 1998 Montréal QC Canada E Parliaments

World Youth Service and Enterprise

WYSE 1988 London UK G

World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation

WYSE Travel Confederation Amsterdam Netherlands C y International Federations

World-Ecology Research Network



Valencia Spain C y International Federations


London UK E y International Federations

Worlddidac Association

1952 Bern Switzerland C y International Federations


2010 San Francisco CA USA F

WorldSkills International

WSI 1950 Amsterdam Netherlands B

Worldwide Cancer Research

1979 St Andrews UK N

Worldwide CDIO Initiative

Gothenburg Sweden F y International Federations

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support

WINGS 1998 Sao Paulo Brazil F y International Federations

Worldwide Network of the Experiment in International Living

Federation EIL 1932 Washington DC USA F y International Federations

Worldwide Universities Network

WUN 2000 G

Worldwide Vancouver University

1970 Vancouver BC Canada N


London UK N

Writers International and Friends of Literature and Culture Association

WIFLAC 1999 Haifa Israel K v


1910 Rome Italy C Trade and Labour Unions

Xplor International

1980 Lutz FL USA F v

Y's Men International - Y Service Clubs International

1922 Geneva Switzerland E Clubs


1997 Geneva Switzerland G Human Rights Organizations

Yachay Wasi

1993 New York NY USA E

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

1953 Jerusalem Israel G

YaLa Young Leaders

2011 J v

Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

YCSG 2001 New Haven CT USA G

YCAB Foundation

2007 New York NY USA G f Foundations

YEAR - Young European Associated Researchers

YEAR 2007 Brussels Belgium F

Yehudi Menuhin School

1963 Cobham UK G v


1990 Berkeley CA USA N


2016 J

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

1925 New York NY USA G j Institutes

YMCA Europe

1973 Prague Czech Rep E

Yoga Research Foundation

YRF 1969 Miami FL USA G f Foundations

YOU Stiftung - Bildung für Kinder in Not

YOU Stiftung 1992 Düsseldorf Germany G f Foundations, UNESCO Bodies

Young Academy of Europe

YAE 2011 Berlin Germany D

Young African Leaders Initiative

YALI 2010 J

Young Americas Business Trust

YABT 1999 Washington DC USA G

Young Arab Women Entrepreneurs

YAWE Beirut Lebanon J